Only Three Omaha HS Basketball Teams Make Action Force’s Top Ten

Posted on February 17, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Class C Chadron Enters List At No. 9 Followed By Another Newcomer, Norfolk, At No. 10

By Will Cummings
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   Alright’ y then! Only–three–Omaha teams in Action Force’s Top Ten! Wow! Talk about a wide open Class A title chase—here it is in living color, people.

   This week Action Force is definitely in tune with what it will take for one of these Class A teams to win the state title: Good play from the team’s big man. In a wide open fairly even race for the title like this, the one thing that traditionally separates the conquerors from the conquered is the play they get inside, down the stretch in district and state tournament time, from the big men.

   Class C Chadron basketball: What do you know, we talked about them last week as making the Contender list and this week here they are still undefeated and ranked at No. 9. What a wild year indeed! And after holding a Contender spot for the past several weeks, Norfolk has finally found its way to the Ten at No. 10.

    Hold on to your seats everybody, with only about a week left in the season, Class A is—totally– up for grabs.

 

Action Force’s Top 10

Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 15, 2009)top-ten-logo5

Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Lincoln Southwest (18-2) 1

Heading into district play, the Silverhawks continue to flex their muscle atop the standings. Junior Jordan Tyrance a is one of the top athletes in the state and he is just one of the reasons why the Silverhawks are such an athletic team, but for Southwest to take home the state Class A crown they will need big man Jake Marvin to consistently play up to his full potential down the stretch run.

2. Omaha Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

The Jays are starting to get back to old form for Coach Luedtke. We all know about the great play the Jays get out of their guard position from Steffensmeir and Hook and the sharpshooting of Taylor Stormberg--those guys will have to continue to play good. However, come district and state play, senior post man Brett Potter will have to step up BIG TIME for the Jays to win the state championship.

3. Lincoln East (13-5) 4

They’ve hung around the bottom half of the Top Ten all year but coming off the big win over Omaha Central the Spartans are thriving under the senior leadership of Drew Sankey

4. Lincoln High (11-6) 5

A preseason favorite is just starting to scratch the surface of there potential—at just the right time. In order for Coach Uhing to get to the state tournament or bring home the trophy he’ll need his son, Pete, and Mike Partee to play lights out and get solid play off the bench.

5. Omaha Central (13-3) 3

Do yourself a favor: don’t let Central’s No.5 ranking fool you. Do not count out Coach Behrens‘ Eagles! This team is the most athletic team in the state, as all-state candidate Deverell Biggs, a junior, continues to lead the team while getting solid guard play out of Sean McGary and Ted Lampkin. The Eagles only inside presence, Paul Simms, will need to play his best basketball down the stretch to get the Eagles the 4-Peat

6. Lincoln Southeast (14-5) 7

With their win over Omaha Burke, Coach Jeff Smith proves again why he is one of the top coaches in the state. The Knights repeatedly played clock management and did a great job of milking the clock moving the ball and always getting an open look: This team can shoot too!!

7. Lincoln Northeast (12-5) 10

Still many are skeptical about the Rockets because of there inability to beat a top tier team–but they’ve been close. Rocket fans are hoping that breakout game comes in district play. And as long as they have Dol Kutey, don’t count them out!

8. Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

The Bears thrive off their youth with Gullie, Jiech, Augustine, but they’ll need seniors Tiit Kuek and Zach Martin to play great to get them back into the state tournament.

9. Chadron (19-0) NR

sure they’re class C but they are undefeated and have beaten every team on their schedule to this point, and don’t forget about Elliot Eliason the Center who has gathered division offers already.

10. Norfolk (13-5) NR

Norfolk a relatively young team has been sitting just outside the top 10 all year. Now they finally enter at the 10 spot a week before district play.

Contenders

Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson and Bellevue West

 

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Lincoln Silverhawks Overtake Central Eagles For No. 1 Spot

Posted on February 10, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Class C Chadron drawing Attention Alongside the Big Boys

Take Poll: Will a Lincoln or Omaha team take home Boys Class A tiltle this year?

By Will Cummings
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   Sorry folks for the delay and the abbreviated version of this week’s Action Force’s Top Ten, but the young man had computer problems. Nevertheless, he did manage to create a little controversy–at least with me–on his new No. 1 pick.  I know Lincoln Southwest is good, but we are talkin’ about the three-time defending state champs, baby!  Gotta still give Central love at the top in my book–or at least until someone beats them come playoff time.   Unfortunately, the “B-Ball Wizard of  Burke” calls the shots on this one.

   Oh, and props to undefeated (18-0) Class C Chadron Cardinals, coached by Craig Nobiling, for getting some attention as being a contender in this week’s rankings.  I hear those boys can ball!

 

 Action Force’s Notes for Week Ending 2/8/09

Impressive wins over the weekend catapult the Silverhawks of Lincoln Southwest over previous No.1 Omaha Central–now No. 2– who had a lone win over Omaha Northwest this week.  No. 3 Creighton Prep continues to gain ground and inserts themselves back into the best team in the state conversation—a place where they started the season. If Hook, Martin, Potter, and Steffensmeir all play to their capabilities they are going to be a nearly impossible to stop come March.  No. 4 Lincoln East led by Drew Sankey sits at 12-5 and is climbing the ranks.  At No. 5 Coach Russ Uhing’s Links of Lincoln High led by his son Pete Uhing and Mike Partee continue to climb the totem pole by knocking off top teams. Ralston–a dangerous athletic team–rises back up to settle  in at the 6 spot. Lincoln Southeast, a team that I believe is the most versatile team in the state, takes a hit and drops to the 7 spot.  After a double digit loss to Omaha North, the Bryan Bears fall to No. 8.  Bell East comes homes at No.9, and the Rockets of Lincoln Northeast, led by senior standout Dol Kutey, fall twice this past week and slide all the way to the 10 spot.

 

Action Force’s Top 10
Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 8, 2009)
top-ten-logo4Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Lincoln Southwest (16-2) 2

2. Omaha Central (13-2) 1

3. Creighton Prep (12-4) 3

4. Lincoln East (12-5) 9

5. Lincoln High (10-6) 8

6. Ralston (15-3) 10

7. Lincoln Southeast (12-5) 3

8. Bryan (14-6) 4

9. Bellevue East (12-8 ) 7

10. Lincoln Northeast (12-5) 6

Contenders

Burke, Norfolk and Chadron

 

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Central Holds On To No.1 Spot

Posted on February 2, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball, High School Track & Field | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Lincoln Teams Enter Top Ten In Mass

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Omaha Central’s Daryle Hawkins is a last minute offer and commit to University of Oregon.

By Will Cummings
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   Central holds on to the No.1 spot this week despite their double-overtime loss to Lincoln High, who as a result breaks into the Top Ten at No.8.

   Good luck Omaha Metro teams in trying to hold on to the Class A crown –it looks like the Lincoln Metro is going to give ya a lot to worry about.  Five Lincoln teams are ranked in this week’s  Top Ten—and all of them are talented enough and well-coached enough to make strong runs in the playoffs.

   In fact: “Could we be looking at an all-Lincoln Class A finals this year?”

   Me thinks it just smells good for the City of Lincoln this year in Class A basketball for both the boys and the girls. After all, who is going to beat the amazing Purdue bound KK Houser’s 17-0 Lincoln Southeast team?

   Seems like Houser is hitting on all cylinders on the b-ball court, I wonder if it will carry over into track season, so that she is able to exact revenge on Omaha Central’s freshman phenomenon Laque Moen-Davis for taking her 100 meter hurdle All-Class Gold title at last year’s state meet.

 Track Season Just Around the Corner

   I digress, but I just can’t wait for track season to start—there is going to be some serious competition in many events this year for both the boys and girls. And KK Houser is among the cream of the crop on the track and one of the best female athletes to come out of the state of Nebraska.

   Check out our Hitblog YouTube video archive of track meets–including the Metro and State meets–to see some of the great talent that will be back on the Nebraska high school track and field in 2009 such as: KK Houser, Laque Moen-Davis, Anne Martin, Emily Wilkinson, Kohlman Adema-Schulte, Daryle HawkinsMichael Burrus, Jake Marousek, Stephon Washington, Cole Pensick, Josh Kage, Porter Groves, and many more.

 

Action Force’s Top 10top-ten-logo3Nebraska High School Basketball Teams
(week ending February 1, 2009)

Rank, Team, (Record), Last Week’s Rank

1. Omaha Central (12-2) 1

The Eagles slipped up in a unbelievable double-overtime thriller to the fast rising Links of Lincoln High. Eagles fans don’t get discouraged about the loss– Deverell Biggs, Paul Simms and company still are the leaders of the pack to win to the state title.

2. Lincoln Southwest (13-2) 5

The Silver Hawks continue to take care of business, behind the athletic duo of Jordan Tyrance and Drew Edmonds and the inside force of big man Jake Marvin. With every game the Silver Hawks are proving they are among the elite.

3. Omaha Creighton Prep (12-4) 6

The JR. Jays went 2-1 over the week but really got back to the style of play that coach Josh Luedtke loves. In their Saturday night win over previously 3rd ranked Lincoln Southeast, the Jays used great defense to slow the Knights’ potent offense. Over this past week, Taylor Stormberg, Caleb Steffensmeir and Cole Martin really turned in some good performances for the Jays.

4. Omaha Bryan Bears (13-4) 4

The Bears were runner-ups in the Bryan Cage Classic, but don’t count out coach Tim Cannon’s team just yet. Bryan has one of the best defensive teams in the state to go along with guys like Tiit Kuek, Galen Gullie, DK Augustineand Ben Imig–who can also light up the scoreboard.

5. Lincoln Southeast (11-4) 3

A tough loss to Creighton Prep set the Knights back a bit, but the Knights are a team I still like because of thieir ability to beat iteams in a variety of ways. They can go inside with solid inside play from Hagerbaumer and Hill, or outside with great play from sophomore sensation Derrius Vick.

6. Lincoln Northeast (12-3) 7

The Rockets keep on keepin’ on, don’t look past them! Dol Kutey is one of the best players in the state, and guard Tommy Johnson is coming on of late.

7. Bellevue East (11-7) 10

Coach Ryan’s squad rebounded from back to back losses to Central and Burke to go on to win the Bryan Cage Classic, but than slipped up against Norfolk.

8. Lincoln High (8-6) NR

Don’t look now but Coach Uhing’s Links are surfacing–and they look to be in state tournament form–after their thrilling win over Omaha Central. The key to that game was the play of senior guard Mike Partee. Partee is a guy many b-ball insiders have heard about but most fans and casual observers haven’t. Well, now you better start paying attention because Partee is the real deal.

9. Lincoln East (10-5) NR

Welcome back to the Top Ten rankings Drew Sankey and company, after riding the upset of Lincoln Southeast.

10. Ralston (14-3) 2

OK. So the Rams go 0-2 in the Cage Classic. You still can’t tell me this team is not talented and that they would not be able to compete in class A. I say that if the Rams played Class A talent game in and game out they would have been more prepared for the Classic. And if they were in Class A– this year–they would be among the top teams and in contention for a state title.

 

Contenders

Omaha Burke, Norfolk and Omaha Benson

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my Hit News.com Top Ten Nebraska HS Hoops Prospects

Posted on January 16, 2009. Filed under: High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Ten Prospects and Top 25 Recap w/Honorable Mention Players

By Will Cummings
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    Below are the rankings of my Hit News.com’s Top Ten Nebraska High School Hoop Prospects for the ’08/’09 season.

   The rankings were compiled through observations by and recommendations provided to my Hit News.com’s high school sports analyst Thomas Liechti–aka Action Force. 

   As with any polls and or rankings the collective effort reflected in the output is based on opinion and as such in no way does it constitute an absolute.  Nevertheless, we at my Hit News.com believe that Thomas’ prospect rankings are based on sound evidence that he has gathered through: live attendance of practices and games and consultation with various athletes, coaches and media personalities. In other words: “We know that Action Force has done his homework.”

 

  

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 Nebraska High Schoolhoops10 Top Ten Prospects ’08/’09

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1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, Senior, C, Bellevue East

Offers from Colorado State and Nebraska, he is king of the boards and a man among boys in the paint. A very good offensive player with an underrated ability to drain the intermediate15 ft jump shot.

2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, Senior, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

Committed to Colorado State– he is the most diverse player in the state. with the talent to play any position on the floor, Exhibits the ability to shoot lights out, and finishes extremely well when slashing to the hoop. His defensive style reminds me of Tracy McGrady.

3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, Junior,C, Chadron

Impressive hook shot, uses his size well, like Jarell Crayton and he has a pretty good 15 footer

4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, Junior, PG/SG, Ralston

Offer from Colorado State, he is a slasher and great finisher. He is an outstanding player around the basket and a very good athlete.

5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, Junior, SG/PG, Waverly

Fantastic jump shot with incredible range. He is very strong and can finish.

6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, Freshman, PG, South Sioux City

Offers from Nebraska, Creighton, Northern Iowa,.very smart ball player, and exceptional ball handler, with an underrated jump shot.

7. John Karhoff, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Creighton Prep
Committed to UNO-, he has a good shot and a great touch for a big man, and has proved to be an extremely scrappy player.
8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, Senior, PF, Millard South

Top Athlete, powerful and a great finisher.

9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, Senior, SF, Lincoln Southeast

Committed to UNO, he is a good shooter, scrappy–but more of a finesse-type big man.

10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, Senior, PG, Benson

A floor general, he runs and leads his team, Demonstrates GREAT defense, is a hard worker, and can score by shooting or by driving to the hoop.

 

 

 

Top 25 Recap and Honorable Mention Players

 

  
 

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 Nebraska High Schoolhoops7Top 25 Prospects ’08/’09

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1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, Senior, C, Bellevue East

2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, Senior, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, Junior,C, Chadron

4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, Junior, PG/SG, Ralston

5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, Junior, SG/PG, Waverly

6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, Freshman, PG, South Sioux City

7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, Senior, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, Senior, PF, Millard South

9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, Senior, SF, Lincoln Southeast

10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, Senior, PG, Benson

11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, Junior, SG/PF, Omaha Central

12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, Junior, PG, Creighton Prep

13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, Junior, Lincoln Southwest

14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, Junior, PG, Beatrice

15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, Junior, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, Sophomore, PG, Lincoln Southeast

17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, Sophomore, PG, Omaha Central

18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, Junior, PF/C Omaha Gross

19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, Senior, C, Lincoln Northeast

20. Ben Imig, 6-0, Junior, SG/PG, Bryan

21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, Sophomore, PG, Bryan

22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, Senior, PF/C, Lincoln High

23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, Sophomore, PG, Omaha Burke

24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, Junior, PF/C, Millard North

25. DK Augustine, 6-4, Sophomore, C, Omaha Bryan

 

Honorable Mention Players

Mike Partee, Senior, Lincoln High; Drew Sankey, Senior, Lincoln East; Ray McGaugh, Junior, Omaha Burke; Denver Klause, Bennington.

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    1. Jarell Crayton, 6-7, SR, C, Bellevue East

    2. Gregg Smith, 6-6, SR, SF/PF/SG, Ralston

    3. Elliot Elliason, 6-11, JR, C, Chadron

    4. Dwight Smith, 6-3, JR , PG/SG, Ralston

    5. Tyler Evans, 6-2, JR, SG/PG, Waverly

    6. Mike Gessell, 6-0, FR, PG, South Sioux City

    7.. John Karhoff, 6-8, SR, PF/C, Creighton Prep.

    8. Vondrae Tostenson, 6-5, SR, PF, Millard South

    9. Matt Hagerbaumen, 6-7, SR, SF, Lincoln Southeast

    10. Stevelle Burns, 6-0, SR, PG, Benson

    11. Deverell Biggs, 6-1, JR, SG/PF, Omaha Central

    12. Caleb Steffensmeir, 5-11, JR, PG, Creighton Prep

    13. Jordan Tyrance, 6-4, SF/PF, JR, Lincoln Southwest

    14. Trevor Meinke, 6-0, JR, PG, Beatrice

    15. Scottie Davis, 6-5, JR, SF/PF, Omaha Burke

    16. Derrius Vick, 6-0, SO, PG, Lincoln Southeast

    17. Ted Lampkin, 5-11, SO, PG, Omaha Central

    18. Jerad Warner, 6-6, JR, PF/C Omaha Gross

    19. Dol Kutey, 6-6, SR, C, Lincoln Northeast

    20. Ben Imig, 6-0, JR, SG/PG, Bryan

    21. Galen Gullie, 5-7, SR, PG, Bryan

    22 Pete Uhing, 6-5, SR, PF/C, Lincoln High

    23 Adonis Hill, 5-10, SO, PG, Omaha Burke

    24. Mike Dentlinger, 6-6, JR, PF/C, Millard North

    25. DK Augustine, 6-4, SO, C, Omaha Bryan

  • Action Force’s Top Ten

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    Nebraska High School

    Basketball Teams

    (Week ending 02-15-09)

    Team ,(Record) Last wk rank

    1.

    Lincoln SW (18-2) 1

    2.

    Creighton Prep (15-4) 3

    3.

    Lincoln East(13-5) 4

    4.

    Lincoln High (11-6) 5

    5.

    Omaha Central (13-3) 3

    6.

    Lincoln Southeast(14-5) 7

    7.

    Lincoln Northeast(12-5) 103

    8.

    Omaha Bryan (15-6) 8

    9.

    Chadron (19-0) NR

    10.

    Norfolk (13-5) NR Contenders: Bellevue East, Omaha Burke, Omaha Benson, Bellevue West

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